Cheltenham-Preview-Day-ThreeIt has been an enthralling Cheltenham Festival so far and with some top Grade 1 National Hunt fare on Thursday, including the Stayers Hurdle and the Ryanair Chase, we’re all set for further thrills and spills. Hopefully our Likely Winners and Main Dangers guide for Day 3 can point you in the right direction!

1.30pm - JLT Novices’ Chase - Grade 1 - 2m4f



This fine looking chaser finished 7th in the Supreme last year, but chasing is very much his game, a point he has proved this season with a string of excellent efforts, including a tidy success at Cheltenham over rival Defi Du Seuil. Colin Tizzard’s 7yo looks just the type to come to hand for the JLT Chase and with a clean, slick round of jumping he is going to take a wealth of beating. Robbie Power or Richard Johnson will take the ride.


Bet Kildisart 7/1 @ BetVictor

This steadily progressive bull of a horse doesn’t always show his fences enough respect, but Kildisart possesses a seriously impressive engine. He really stayed on well up the hill on Festival Trials day, powering clear of handicap fancies Highway One O One and Spiritofthegames. Ben Pauling’s youngster has a top chance in this Grade 1, if his jumping has improved since the last day the he is a threat to all who line up.

2.50pm - Ryanair Chase - Grade 1 - 2m5f - £350,000


Bet MONALEE 4/1 @ BetVictor

This Henry de Bromhead trained gelding is as handsome a chaser as they come and he has the form to boot. For some time now, they have been trying to make a Gold Cup, 3m+ horse out of him. However, 2m5f around Cheltenham for the Ryanair Chase looks just about perfect for the horse. If he can build momentum from his victory over Gold Cup 3rd Anibale Fly last time out, he will go very close to winning here.


Bet Frodon 6/1 @ BetVictor

How can you ignore the season this horse has had? Sure, Frodon disappointed in this contest last year, but he looks a considerably better horse this season and unlike last season, he has been trained especially for this race. Bryony Frost gets a right old tune out of him and he’ll be primed to run for his life by trainer of the moment Paul Nicholls. If he’s on song, he is likely to give a really bold bid in the Ryanair.

3.30pm - Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle - Grade 1 - 3m - £325,000


Bet PAISLEY PARK 13/8 @ BetVictor

Paisley Park is one of the Bankers of the week for sure, following a demolition job in the Cleeve Hurdle on Festival Trials Day. He ran to an RPR which was 10lb superior to Penhill’s in winning the Stayers Hurdle last year. Emma Lavelle’s stable star has came back from the brink of death through a freak illness to prove himself to be a dominant three mile hurdler. He does hit a flat spot, but the manner in which he finds for pressure when asked should see him crowned as the new King of the division on Thursday.


Bet Supasundae 6/1 @ BetVictor

Supasundae is a class horse. The heavy ground blunted his ability to fire in the race last year when he finished 2nd to Penhill. He is a better horse than that effort and Jessica Harrington’s 9yo has enjoyed a nice, low key build up to this chasing Apple's Jade around over shorter trips. We can expect Supasundae to be well prepared for a second attempt at the Stayers crown and he looks certain to give a major account of himself.

4.50pm - Tattersalls Mares’ Novice Hurdle - Grade 2, 2m1f - £90,000


Bet POSH TRISH 4/1 @ BetVictor

Posh Trish is a hardy, tough and consistent mare who has won four of her five starts over hurdles this season. She may well be the second favourite here, but the Paul Nicholls trained 6yo is the highest rated horse in the field. Her experience will count for a lot and Harry Cobden gave her a very favourable mention in his recent podcast for GG with Kevin O’Malley.


Bet Epatante 11/8 @ BetVictor

Nicky Henderson has been quoted as saying this unexposed mare is his best chance of a winner at the Festival. While that obviously holds plenty of weight, Epatante is yet to impress her skills on the clock. On official ratings, she has two pounds to find with Posh Trish and who knows what improvement either of them have in the locker. Epatante is still the elephant in the room, so rates as the main danger in this interesting Grade 2.

Epatante is among our horse racing tips this Thursday.

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